Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

Farmers market donation jar

A donation jar placed on a book table at the weekly Oxford Community Farmers Market.

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | University of Oklahoma
One farmers market in Oxford, Mississippi, has re-established themselves as a community center in an effort to battle food insecurity. 
Earth Action Initiative

Graphics and photos courtesy of Brandon Wood.

UC Berkeley
Berkeley grad students are creating and implementing consolidated guidelines for environmental groups based on successful action strategies.
Energy awareness: A pocket sized solution
Energy awareness: A pocket sized solution
SUNY Plattsburgh
With Utility Smart, you can track how you throw out trash and recycling, or how high you set your thermostat during the winter. It compiles the data and helps you learn about how your choices impact the environment.
New York City (Katherine Baker)

The New York City skyline. (Katherine Baker/Columbia University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Cornell University
After the Paris Agreement withdrawal announcement, many cities and states vowed to commit to sustainability efforts despite the federal decision. New York City was among the cities to commit, but how is the Big Apple doing in terms of going green?
Sustainable consumerism

One man's trash; another man's treasure. The movement to reclaim urban space in New York City inspired communities to start recycling, sourcing their food locally, reusing and re-purposing their waste and the "garbage" of others. (Shandra Furtado/Planet Forward)

The George Washington University
Today we see a lot of differences between rural and urban communities, which distract us from environmental issues, but why not examine the common sustainable ingenuity arising out of the simple will to survive anywhere?
Tanalian Mountain view

The view from the peak of Tanalian Mountain, which looks down on Port Alsworth. (Olivia Urbanski/Loyola University Chicago)

Loyola University Chicago
Planet Forward Correspondent Olivia Urbanski spent a summer interning at Lake Clark National Park as a Junior Ranger Intern to teach – and ultimately learn from – local children about environmental stewardship. 
Phipps Conservatory welcome center

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. (Wikimedia Commons)

George Washington University
Of all the places on the planet you’d expect to find the greenest building, you probably don't think of Steel City.
Kansas wind farm

The Smoky Hills Wind Farm as seen from Interstate 70 in Lincoln, Kansas. (Drenaline/Creative Commons)

State University College at Buffalo
Cities across the United States are beginning the switch to 100% renewable energy, but just four towns have reached the goal so far.
H St. Farms is Cultivate the City's rooftop garden.
H St. Farms is Cultivate the City's rooftop garden.
Northwestern University
Niraj Ray built a network of 25 urban gardens made in schools, sports parks and other vacant lots around the city. All 25 sites are joined together by one central rooftop garden, the H St. Farms, and contribute to sustainability efforts in D.C.
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Northwestern University
What are the financial and cultural challenges Kalu Yala is facing in recruiting Panamanian residents as interns and staff?

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